“I wasn’t thinking much about not having played for so long” – Kuldeep Yadav
By SMCS - Dec 17, 2022 10:00 am
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Team India have a stronghold in the ongoing 1st Test where the veteran spinner Kuldeep Yadav did exceptionally well with both the bat and the ball. However, Kuldeep Yadav last played a Test 22 months ago. And now he has returned with a bang and on the third day, he picked up his career-best figures of 5 for 40 as well.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav batted beautifully

“I wasn’t thinking much about not having played for so long,” Kuldeep Yadav said after the third day’s play. “Yes, if you haven’t been playing any format at all and haven’t spent any time with the team, then of course it is different. But if you have been playing some format, it is not as much pressure. I didn’t feel that kind of pressure because I have been with the team regularly. It is two years on the paper, yes, but it didn’t feel like I was playing after two years.”

Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav also said that he was “nervous” playing Test cricket after so long but he was happy to be into his rhythm quite easily as well.

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“White-ball, I have been playing continuously since my injury. In between I played red ball for India A, so I have bowled long spells,” he said. “Generally with my bowling style, I don’t find it that difficult to switch from white ball to red ball. Yes I was nervous playing after such a long time but not thinking so much about the performance. It is a completely different format, field positions are different, you need so much control in Test cricket. I was a little nervous thinking about that but very happy with the performance.”

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Kuldeep Yadav bowled a phenomenal spell

“You need a lot of control in Test cricket. In white-ball cricket, you can have defensive fields, the batters’ mindset is different. In Test cricket, you have to get the wickets because the batters have a lot of time to sit back and wait for the loose ball. That is the challenge. You have to set batters up. You have to bowl in one spot consistently,” he added.

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“I have always worked hard on my batting. In white-ball cricket too. In red ball, my batting has always been good. I have scored a few in first-class cricket. There was confidence I can stay at the wicket. You are always nervous at the start for the first five-ten balls, but it gets much easier after that. I am 100% satisfied with my performance. Although I didn’t get the fifty, the 40 runs were important for the team. That 90-run stand with Ash bhai took us close to 400. I believe it was a perfect pitch to bat on. I batted 20 overs and it was really good to bat on. Against spinners also. It is just keeping low sometimes; the odd ball is turning a bit. I think the wicket has remained the same. On day four probably there will be more turn. We are hoping for more turn,” Kuldeep Yadav concluded.